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Pype Hayes Golf Course ready to return from the ashes

The new Pype Hayes Golf Course is to be officially relaunched more than four years after its predecessor was destroyed in an arson attack.

Gustavo De Macedo
Artist impression of the new Pype Hayes Golf Club.

A golf course clubhouse is to be officially unveiled next month – more than four years after its predecessor was destroyed in an arson attack.

The new Pype Hayes Golf Course will be official relaunched on July 31, when the state-of-the-art facility will revealed to the public for the first time.

As well as changing rooms, the building features a function room, with a balcony overlooking the course, cafe, restaurant and gym.

The golf course, in Eachelhurst Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, has also been given a revamp.

The first major investment for more than a generation came after social enterprise Mytime Active took on the 50-year management contract for Birmingham’s seven municipal golf courses.

Golfers have used a portable cabin since an arson attack destroyed the wooden clubhouse in April, 2009.

Pype Hayes Golf clubhouse was destroyed by a fire in 2009.
Pype Hayes Golf clubhouse was destroyed by a fire in 2009.
 

Birmingham City Council deputy leader Coun Ian Ward said: "This not only provides an excellent, long overdue facility for golfers and the local community but will herald the start of an investment plan that will transform the golfing experience in Birmingham.

"This could not have been achieved without the partnership between Mytime Active and the council which marks an exciting time for golfers within Birmingham."

Mytime chief executive Steve Price said: "We believe that, through this facility, we are providing the entire community with the opportunity for participation in top class sport and exercise."

He said work was also under way on improvements at Hatchford Brook Golf Course in Sheldon.

The council’s golf courses were contracted out after it was revealed they were costing taxpayers around £250,000 a year to run.

As part of its deal, Mytime has also committed to keep golf rounds at an "affordable" level and boost participation in the sport.

Pype Hayes Golf clubhouse was destroyed by a fire in 2009.
Pype Hayes Golf clubhouse was destroyed by a fire in 2009.
 

 
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